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Junior Automation Engineer

Netherlands, Zuid-Holland, The HagueAirborne Composites Automation

Job description

Be part of an unique growth story!
Join us to help build the leading advanced composites automation and digital manufacturing company. Airborne is a technology leader in advanced composites, specialised in the industrialisation of engineering and manufacturing of durable fibre reinforced composites for Space, Aeronautics, Transport and Marine industries. Via Airborne’s unique combination of skills: our deep and wide composites, software engineering and mechatronics know-how – we enable our customers to unlock their full potential in digital manufacturing growth and create a competitive advantage. We are agile, flexible and think like a start-up. This nimble approach is challenging for many incumbent companies—but it’s at the heart of how we think to build winning positions by developing integrated, automated and connected manufacturing solutions for the composite industry. Together we are a dynamic group of 135 highly educated and passionate employees, split between our headquarter in The Hague Ypenburg (NL) and our site in Lambourn (UK).

What is your new job?

The automation engineer is responsible for the machine control of our automated manufacturing lines, production cells, and equipment. Together with a multidisciplinary team, client requirements are translated into a functional design and technical concept. Subsequently the automation engineer shall implement the automation part of the design. This consist of selecting and specifying the appropriate hardware, configuring and programming the system and its components, and perform hands on functional testing. Additionally the automation engineer assures the safety of the system, and keeps the documentation up to date.

What are your responsibilities?

You will be able to perform the following primary tasks:

- Writing (complex) PLC software

- Programming and running (industrial) robot programs

- Configuring and/or programming of sensor and actuator components

- Basic HMI design and implementation

- Writing (technical) documentation; design reports, test plans, manuals, etc.

- Troubleshoot equipment problems

- Commissioning and functional testing of hard- and software, at customers locations.

- Perform, contribute to, FATs and SATs

As secondary tasks you will be able to work on:

- Selecting, or advising in the selection of, electrical components and cabling

- Selecting, or advising in the selection of, sensors and actuator components

- Coordination of the installation of hardware

- Contribute to the definition of FAT and SAT plans, or individual equipment test plans

You will write and present technical documentation and are capable of supporting project managers by providing good presentable information. You can also give technical substantiations to client in client meetings. As the automation engineer you will write concise equipment manuals and can train (client) personnel to work with the equipment. You are willing to travel to customers (approximately 10% of your time).

Reporting Lines and Interactions

You will report to the Teamlead Automation of ACA. You will work together with your colleagues in the business unit (Project Management, Mechanical, Automation, Process Engineering) and ACA’s partners.

Job requirements


  • Technical education such as Mechatronics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical engineering or similar

Work experience

  • At least 1 year experience in machine controls design and complex PLC programming. Siemens PLCs preferred.


  • Excellent understanding of, and strong interest in PLC programming
  • Knowledge of Siemens TIA Portal is a plus
  • Affinity with industrial robots


Proficient in PLC programming

Knowledge of robot programming.

Knowledge of safety standards.

Proficient in English (written and spoken).

What we offer

Working at Airborne International will give you the opportunity to develop your career by working on highly innovative projects.
We offer you a well rewarding job in an inspiring environment with like-minded and talented colleagues. You will become part of our inspiring company where innovation, quality and creativity are key to meet our company goals. We will give you the opportunity for personal and professional growth, by training, learning on the job and coaching.

Furthermore, we offer:

  • Good primary and secondary terms of employment
  • Generous annual leave of 32 days
  • Retirement Pension Plan
  • Flexible working hours; you can start between 7:00 and 9:30
  • An office that is easy to access by car and by public transport

A great opportunity to be part of an unique growth story!

Information & procedure

In case you would like to apply, please send in your application (motivation and resume) via the Apply here button.

Third party applications are not appreciated.